TOMATO KURMA. ( no onion no garlic )







The simplest dish but a lip smacking one is with only tomatoes and some spices readily available in your kitchen. 
Particularly when you run out of vegetables or need an additional side dish within minutes  to serve unexpected guests. 

I would also call it a bachelors recipe as it is pretty simple to dish up .
The recipe works well with a mixed cup of vegetables too .
Adding onions and garlic is upto you . It tastes equally delicious without onions and garlic . 


INGREDIENTS : 

1 cup chopped tomatoes  to make tomato purée
1/2 cup chopped tomatoes to sauté separately
1 tsp Kashmiri chili powder for the colour
1 /2 tsp turmeric powder
1-2 green chillies 
2-3 tbsp chopped coriander leaves 
Salt as required

TO ROAST AND GRIND FOR MASALA 

2 tsp coriander seeds
2 cloves
2 tsp fennel seeds
1 tsp poppy seeds
1 small cinnamon 
1 cardamom
5 red chillies medium spice variety .

10 cashewnuts Soaked in warm water 
3-4 tbsp coconut grated ( don't roast ) 

To temper and sauté 

1 tbsp  oil
1 tsp cumin seeds 

METHOD. : 

Grind the tomatoes mentioned for purée with green chillies .
Keep aside till required.

With little oil roast ingredients mentioned above ( excluding coconut and cashewnuts )
Grind to paste with coconut and keep aside . Grind to paste cashewnuts with little water and keep that also aside to be added later. 

In a pan add some oil , add cumin seeds and the remaining tomatoes . 
Add turmeric powder, and little water to cook tomatoes .

When tomatoes are turning soft add the ground tomato purée and continue till thickened and tomatoes don't smell raw. Add red chili powder, salt .
Add the ground masala paste, cashew paste and add little water to enable cooking more till blended well. The gravy will thicken after adding ground paste .if you add water  at this stage , allow for a gentle boil . 
Don't allow to boil , remove and garnish with coriander leaves .


Makes a good side dish to go with many dishes .

Suggestions 

Add chopped onions and garlic if you like .
If adding onions , sauté well with chopped tomatoes .
Add some sautéed onions with tomatoes while making purée.
Grind masalas with garlic and coconut 












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